28 July 2020 - VIETNAM - The Chu Chi Tunnels - A Massive Network Of Underground Passages Used During The Vietnam War


 The Chu Chi Tunnels - A Massive Network Of Underground Passages Used During The Vietnam War

 G'day folks,

 In the Chù Chi district of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam, is a very elaborate system of underground tunnels that served a very important purpose. The tunnels were a vital part of a network of tunnels that underlie much of the country. 

The Chu Chi underground tunnels were dug by hand over the course of 25 years, which began in the late 40’s during the war with the French. The elaborate system of tunnels was used by the Viet Cong as hiding spots, as well as serving as communication and supply routes. The tunnels contained eating halls, ammunition storage, hospitals, and even a theatre for entertainment. 

The Viet Cong would live in the underground tunnels and only come out under the cover of darkness in order to gain supplies, tend to crops, and engage in enemy combat. During the 1960’s, the tunnels were repaired and vastly expanded, becoming a vital part of the Viet Cong’s military strategy during the Vietnam war. The entrances were next to impossible for American troops to find, let alone navigate once found. 

American troops were often fatally wounded or seriously injured by booby traps lining the jungle. The American troops tried multiple strategies in order to find and destroy these tunnels, none of which worked. Chemicals were dumped across the jungle floor which dried up and killed all of the vegetation. Napalm and bombs were dropped over the area in order to burn everything in sight, allowing American troops to view the landscape becoming less vulnerable to the Viet Cong soldiers.
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